Rebecca Knight’s childhood was difficult at best. She grew up in a religious cult in Mexico and endured physical, mental/emotional, and sexual abuse for the first 10 years of her life. After moving back to the US when she was 10 years old, she found that it was nearly impossible for her to trust anyone, including herself. She struggled with self-esteem and confidence in every situation, and she doubted that she could ever recover from the trauma she had endured. Rebecca attended her first Kenpo lesson in 1996 and immediately felt something that she had never felt before – a small and delicate sense of worth, which grew over the years to an overwhelming feeling of confidence and strength. The feeling that was cultivated in her is why she trains and why she teaches. She desires to see that bloom in the hearts of the students that she works with, as well, and to show each and every one of them what they are truly capable of doing anything they put their mind and heart into! Rebecca says she teaches because of the following reasons:
- She has the ability to encourage positive change.
- She has room for creativity.
- She is challenged.
- She can see improvement in herself and others.
- She can encourage respect and discipline.
- She can share her passion for the martial arts with others.